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What causes headache, runny nose, sore throat and stiff neck?

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Posted on Wed, 20 May 2015
Question: My daughter 19 yrs. has: headache, runny nose, light fever, sore throat but not scratchy, stiff neck which hurts to move side to side. Any idea?
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Answered by Dr. Praveen (46 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Is your daughter well oriented?

Detailed Answer:
Hi dear.Thanks for your query.

As per you description I would make a provisional diagnosis of upper respiratory tract infection(URTI).I would like to know some more information-
Since when does she have these above symptoms?How did it start?
Since when does she complain of neck stiffness?
Does she complain of tiredness?Orientation?
How is her appetite?

Await your reply soon.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Praveen (20 minutes later)
Started with some symptoms yesterday, sore throat.
Neck stiffness early this morning.
Very tired.
A little light headed when getting into the shower, but no disorientation.
Low appetite.
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Answered by Dr. Praveen (34 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Take your child to physician/ER as early as possible

Detailed Answer:
Hi again.Thanks for the quick revert.

As per your description I would make a provisional diagnosis of viral infection(viral meningitis) of the brain.This is probably in the early stage of infection.

I would ask for CSF analysis and start on empirical antibiotics(cephalosporins). Suggest to consult a physician as early as possible for further examination, evaluation and detailed work up.

Nothing to panic.She will get well soon.Good luck.

Regards
Dr.Praveen PVVSB
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Praveen (10 minutes later)
Thank You. She is in college and I will have her go to the clinic in the AM.
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Answered by Dr. Praveen (11 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Give her acetaminophen

Detailed Answer:
Most welcome.

Give her Acetaminophen 650 mg Extended release tablets twice daily after food until then.This is available over the counter.

I am sure you will take her to physician as early as possible.Get permission from the college if possible.Good luck.

Regards
Dr.Praveen
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes headache, runny nose, sore throat and stiff neck?

Brief Answer: Is your daughter well oriented? Detailed Answer: Hi dear.Thanks for your query. As per you description I would make a provisional diagnosis of upper respiratory tract infection(URTI).I would like to know some more information- Since when does she have these above symptoms?How did it start? Since when does she complain of neck stiffness? Does she complain of tiredness?Orientation? How is her appetite? Await your reply soon.